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Broken Hill (2009)

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A sheep-rancher's son aspires to win a music conservatory scholarship, but to apply he needs musicians who can play his music. Circumstances lead him to form a band out of prison inmates.


Dagen Merrill


Dagen Merrill
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Arnold ... Tommy McAlpine
Alexa PenaVega ... Kat Rogers (as Alexa Vega)
Rhys Wakefield ... Scott Price
Timothy Hutton ... George McAlpine
Che Timmins ... Kalai Takalua
John Clark John Clark ... Maestro Pindari
Leo Taylor Leo Taylor ... Warden Bill Rude
Andy McPhee ... Bear
George Kapiniaris George Kapiniaris ... Ricardo Romero
Ebony Ween Ebony Ween ... Ricardo's Daughter
Luke O'Loughlin Luke O'Loughlin ... Fuzz
Adam Groecke Adam Groecke ... Jock Boy (as Adam Grocke)
Peter Lamb Peter Lamb ... Officer Jack Taylor
Todd Telford Todd Telford ... Bells Player - Jeffrey
Hung Le Hung Le ... Cho the Violin Player


Tommy, a gifted teenage composer, dreams of being accepted into the famous Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Unfortunately, a good band is hard to find in the middle of Outback Australia - until a strange incident involving flying watermelons leads him to a group of talented prison inmates. Written by H. Rose

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Music was their second chance.


Drama | Family | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language



USA | Australia



Release Date:

11 September 2009 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,140, 13 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,076, 20 September 2009
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Luke Arnold's first feature film. See more »


Kat Rogers: I hate classical music.
Tommy McAlpine: I love classical music.
Kat Rogers: Yeah, well, I'd rather be run over by a truck.
Tommy McAlpine: I've got a truck.
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I liked it
12 September 2009 | by pchristensen-3See all my reviews

I liked this film. It was a bit slow and I would have liked to have seen more musical progress at the jail house .. but I can understand that they wanted you to wait until the end to see how it turned out. I like that it is Australia-based. Definitely better than the other movies I have seen this summer. I went with my boyfriend for my birthday. I was concerned that he would not like it. But he said that he liked it. THere were a few cute lines in the movie referencing the trouble men get in on account of women. Most of the other movie goers were quite old in the movie. There is no sex or violence at all. It is a safe movie for a first date or family event. No one will be offended by the movie. Also, no annoying political undertones.

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